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Galway Rural Development - Thursday, February 04, 2016

February is a busy month with a lot of organisations running their annual funding rounds. Deadlines are coming up fast so see if there is anything here that could help your group and remember that GRD staff  are happy to help with your applications . Best of luck!

Do you have a heritage project that could do with some assistance? The Heritage Council opened for grant applications under the Heritage Management Scheme on 3rd February.  It's a scheme that is only open once a year so don't miss out. Further details available at Application is online, just make sure you use Internet Explorer as the system is not compatible with Firefox.



If your heritage project involves a protected structure or recorded monument  the grants of up to €10,000 are available from the Irish Georgian Society. Get the guidelines and application form from the website  Expressions of interest with general details should be submitted by March 3rd 2016

Here are two schemes from the County Council.

Community Support Scheme

This was launched recently and offers funding in 2016 for community based initiatives in the area of economic development, amenities and services. There are also individual bursaries for artists and a chance to apply for the Tyrone Guthrie residency.

For further information or assistance in getting and completing the application form, please contact the Community, Enterprise & Economic Development Unit on Tel: (091) 509521 or E- mail: 

The deadline for applications is 4pm, Thursday February 25th February.

Community Tourism Diaspora Project

This initiative is a three-way partnership between Fáilte Ireland, IPB Insurance and Galway County Council and has been established as a follow on from the success of the Gathering in mobilising local communities to harness diaspora links for the benefit of local tourism. 

The objectives of the initiative are to: 
• Provide support in the form of small-scale funding incentives for community-based tourism events that have the capacity to carry through the legacy of The Gathering in 2014 and beyond;
• Create a national network of local events with the capacity to deepen diaspora linkages and networks that have been developed or re-activated during The Gathering year;
• To foster the growth of strong county diaspora networks on the basis that diaspora relationships are rooted in ‘people and place’.

Is this an opportunity you cannot miss!! Remember that the success of the Gathering was a direct result of the wonderful Reaching Out  Project which was started by Mike Feerick and colleagues in East Galway

Note: The Closing Date for applications is Wednesday 14th May, 2014.


Galway organisations such as Baboró, Blue Teapot and Burren Beo Trust have all had funding from The Ireland Funds as well as support from GRD. Check out their website for the Small Grants Round which opens on March 1st. Deadline is 5pm April 4th

Also the Flagship Investment Fund which has a tighter deadline. Applications opened on February 1st. Deadline 5pm  February  26th 

Ulster Bank & The Royal Bank of Scotland  fund projects in charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland.

The Centre for Environmental Living and Training (CELT), who are based at the GRD funded Slieve Aughty Centre,  received money from this fund in 2015.

In 2016  £2.5m is to be split across two rounds . The focus for this funding is to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves; skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. Grants are up to €35,000 and applications have to fit the regional priority so get details from their website

Applications for the Skills & Opportunities Fund opened  on February 1st  at noon and will remain open until  February 19th at noon


The Community Foundation’s grants strategy for 2016. is a year of belonging. This will be the theme of our grants, communications, events, publications and activities throughout the year.

#Belonging16 Community Parties Micro Grants will be launched in February. Communities all across the country will have the opportunity to apply for €250 to hold a community party. It’s all about Belonging! There is one way of applying: Applications can be made online by any non-profit club or association online using the online Application Form once the scheme is open. Grants will paid by bank transfer. If you’re successful only, All that is asked in return, is that you send  a photo with #Belonging16 in your tweet or message. Please don’t send  any photos just yet though!

Other grants that will be made throughout 2016 include Refugees and Trafficking, Sexual Identity and Transgender, At Risk Families, Older Persons and some flagship strategic grants along certain themes. Be sure to check back at for updates.


 GRD is proud  to have supported several of Galway's successful food entrepreneurs, including Killeen Cheese and the Foods of Athernry. Here is an opportunity for other budding food producers.

Enterprise Ireland Start Up Team in the West Region have started recruiting for the Food Works 4 Programme 2016 - an intensive accelerator programme structured to support, challenge, drive and accelerate Food and Beverage start-ups. It is a collaboration between Bord Bia, Teagasc and Enterprise Ireland.  The new programme website is updated and live since last week
The programme  this year  will  follow a longer promotion and recruitment period to allow time to review enquiries in a bid to select the best projects for the programme. Then there will be a two day boot-camp to select the participants and it will be a single phase programme this year running from June – Dec 2016.
Key Dates are as follows:
January – April 2016: Introduction Meetings with the Food Works Team – register on the website for an appointment. ..23rd Feb (Cork); 10th March (Dublin); 22nd March (Dublin) and 5th April (Galway, at Teagasc Athenry) are provisional dates.
15 April 2016: Applications Open for the Programme
10 May 2016: Applications Closing Date
26 & 27 May 2016: Bootcamp with approx. 24 participants
14 & 15 June 2016: Food Works Programme Kicks Off with approx. 12 participants.
So if you are an ambitious early stage entrepreneur with a food or beverage project that you think might benefit,you can check in on the website and  register for an Introductory Meeting. 

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.